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How to participate

Plant your own BEE-SAFE sanctuary, get it certified and pinned in a national sanctuaries map.

Any size planting area will be certified as long as few requirements are met:

Follow these 6 steps:

  1. Register with NY Bee Sanctuary by filling out the form below. Choose your participation status: INDIVIDUALS
  2. Plant Your Own Bee Sanctuary. Choose any size planting area available to you and follow the criteria required.
  3. Submit Your Annual Survey Photos
  4. Post to Your Social Media Accounts & Use the #Hashtags #BEESAFECERTIFIED #MYOWNBEESANCTUARY #NYBEESANCTUARYCERTIFIED
  5. Receive Your Stamp of Certification and supporting materials. Your sanctuary will be included on the national map.
  6. Watch your Sanctuary grow. WATER OFTEN!

 

Individuals

REQUIRED CRITERIA

+ Use of flowers and flowering plants beneficial to pollinators over a substantial portion of your sanctuary.
+ No pesticide, herbicide (such as Roundup), or fungicide treatments; make sure you do not buy plants or flowers pre-treated with pesticides, herbicides or fungicides.
+ Use of native plants over a substantial portion of your sanctuary.
+ No synthetic fertilizers.
+ No genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

ENCOURAGED CRITERIA

+ Recommended minimum size of 10 - 20 square feet (But if all you have is a planter, go for it!)
+ Monthly photo of pollinators and flowers posted to NYBS social media (during active seasons).
+ Keep a garden journal to record plant, animal, and insect activity. 
+ Natural composting.

OPTIONAL CRITERIA

+ Milkweed planting / monarch butterfly station. 
+ Honey Bee hives. 
+ Bumblebee houses.
+ Solitary bee houses.
+ Permaculture design. 
+ Herbs, fruits, and vegetables.
+ Compost station.
+ Native birdhouses.  Natural lawn / prairie.
+ Water station for pollinators. 
+ Purchase a HUI to monitor your sanctuary

 

CERTIFICATION Application Form

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